The 1985 film is one of the most beloved of all time; starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd as Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown. Near the end of the movie, Doc is questioned by Marty about why he changed his mind about the consequences of interfering with the past. He says simply, “I figured what the hell”. But is there more to it than that?
Reddit user amanwhodrinks certainly thinks so – and their theory has been Upvoted by an incredible 99% of readers.
“Near the end of BTTF Doc is waiting on Marty to get done with the dance so they can send him back to 1985,” they wrote.
“Once Marty arrives, Doc comments on him taking so long. Marty is excited and says he got to watch his old man knock out Biff and that he had never done that before.
“He then shows Doc the picture of him and his brother and sister that has been restored. Doc looks at the picture and asks ‘Never?’. Marty says ‘No, why?’. Doc pauses for a second then says ‘Nothing.’
“It always raised an eye brow for me, why would they waste time filming this small dialogue? The answer is, they didn’t.”
The theorist elaborated: “My theory is that Doc had a major epiphany in this scene. At that moment when he saw the restored picture of Marty and his brother and sister, he realized that you can completely change the past and still have a positive and congruent outcome on the future without destroying the space-time continuum.
“You might be thinking ‘OK, so what?’, except that this would’ve been what changed his entire outlook on time, made him rethink tearing up that letter, and gave him motivation to tape it back together.
“Up until then he viewed the space-time continuum as this fragile thing that could destroy the universe if not handled correctly. Everything had been doom and gloom as the picture was slowly fading.
“But then from a completely random act by Marty’s father (an act that was never allowed to happen in the original timeline), everything was restored.
“At the end, Marty questions Doc about his change of heart and Doc says, ‘I figured what the hell.’
“This scene shows the exact moment that doc figured it out. This makes more sense than having major character keep such strong convictions for 95% of a movie and then in the last 10 minutes decides to do an about face for seemingly no reason.”
You can read the full post on Reddit here.
Back To The Future was a big hit; earning nearly $400 million at the box office and three Oscars nominations.
It spawned two sequels – Back To The Future Part II (1989) and Part III (1990), with Fox and Lloyd regularly asked now if they would reunite for another.
However director Robert Zemeckis has routinely denied that this will ever happen.
“There will never ever be, in the most absolute way, a Back To The Future 4. There will be no more Back To The Future,” he told Bad Taste last year.